CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Former Miami state champ Eli Hale, now a junior at Oklahoma State, reached the consolation semifinals at the Southern Scuffle here Monday.
The Cowboys romped to the team title netting 198 points compared to 126 for Missouri.
The win was the first-ever for the Cowboys at the event and the 72 points were the widest margin of victory ever in the tournament.
Hale scored a 3-2 first-round decision over Steven Polakowski of Minnesota, then dropped an 11-4 decision to Nathan Kraisser of Campbell in the Round of 16.
Hale bounced back to score a 19-4 technical fall victory against North Carolina’s James Szymanski then decisioned Virginia freshman Louie Hayes who was wrestling unattached.
Hale was eliminated with a tough 4-3 loss to Darian Cruz of Lehigh.
Oklahoma State had four individual champions: Kaid Brock, Dean Heil, Anthony Collica and Chandler Rogers. Eight other Cowboys placed.
The four individual championships were a program record.
“I think (our performance) was good,” head coach John Smith said in a press release. “I’m obviously pleased with the effort. I think it definitely showed us some areas we’re struggling a little bit in. Of course, that big deficit you like to see. You did that in the quarterfinals and the semifinals. I think the one thing that we’ve got to take from here is that the couple of teams that we need to challenge for national championships may not have been here.
“Those are the things you keep an eye on. You don’t want to pat yourself on the back too much, but be motivated by a good performance and a good team effort.”